Khoza outwits Safa: no blessings needed
Despite moves to block him, the Iron Duke has been nominated for the Sascoc presidency.
The Iron Duke of South African football, Irvin Khoza, has outfoxed the SA Football Association (Safa) by getting nominated for the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) presidency without its blessing.
Khoza – who was this week nominated unopposed as Premier Soccer League (PSL) chairman ahead of its annual general meeting on Thursday – is also a Safa vice-president.
This comes at a time when Safa is said to be working at altering its constitution to prevent Khoza from running for its presidency in September next year, citing that by virtue of his being PSL chairman, he is guaranteed a vice-presidency.
If Khoza becomes the Sascoc president on November 24 he will be in charge of 74 sports federations, including Safa, the SA Rugby Union and Cricket SA.
Federations have votes ranging from one to three depending on size, affiliation to an international federation, and whether they are an Olympic code. The nine provincial councils have a single vote each, as do associate members.
City Press was reliably informed that Khoza was at a Safa meeting that endorsed incumbent Gideon Sam to continue being president.
At the same meeting, Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, along with Nomsa Mahlangu and Mubarak Mahomed, were nominated as the three preferred candidates to contest for positions on the Sascoc board.
A highly placed source within Sascoc who had seen the nomination forms, told City Press that Khoza was nominated by the Eastern Cape Sports Council.
However, president Mkhuseli Magada flatly denied that, saying: “We, as the Eastern Cape Sports Council, did not nominate anyone. We missed the deadline as we were supposed to hold a general council meeting where nominations were to be made.”
Secretary-general Khaya Jara said: “According to my records, there was no stage where we presided over the issue or saw the name Irvin Khoza.”
Magada added: “We are behind our homeboys Gideon Sam and Kaya Majeke, the vice-president of Body Building SA.”
But Majeke and Sam denied being part of their home province’s nomination processes.
The nomination procedure is that national federations, provincial sports councils and associate members have the right to nominate “any individual in good standing with Sascoc”.
The candidates then sign the nomination form, which is then forwarded to the auditors for corporate governance purposes.
Attempts to reach Khoza have been unsuccessful since the nomination list was released by Sascoc on Tuesday.
Nematandani on Friday refused to comment, saying it was difficult as he was personally involved. He confirmed Khoza was at the Safa meeting that endorsed nominations.
Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy created another complication on Friday when he said: “Only one person from each federation can serve on the board.”
This means that should Khoza beat Sam in the presidential race, none of the Safa candidates – Nematandani, Mahlangu and Mahomed – would be eligible to contest any other position.
Sam responded: “This is a democratic country and any person can nominate a preferred candidate.”
In February, City Press reported Khoza had been approached by top sports administrators to take over the Sascoc presidency.
The names of Reddy, Mahomed, boxing promoter Rodney Berman and former Safa chief executive Raymond Hack were mentioned as those who shared this view.
Prior to that report, the SABC had reported Reddy was behind a move to oust Sam, an allegation he dismissed as pure speculation.
Only Berman declared his support for Khoza while the rest denied ever canvassing for him.